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F ounded in 1923, United Way California Capital Region (UWCCR) has been bettering lives through better education, health, and financial stability for almost a century. The organization’s new Square One Project will greatly increase the number of students who graduate from high school ready for college or career. “We are committed to ending poverty starting at school through our Square One Project,” says Stephanie Bray, CEO. “This is our major, long-term initiative of working with high-need schools to break the cycle of poverty.” The project’s four primary goals are keeping kids in school, keeping students on track, setting high expectations for their success, and keeping their support systems strong. The project has a two-pronged approach – one is a place-based approach working with Title I schools (schools where the majority of students live in poverty), and the second is a regional strategy that encompasses UWCCR’s region of Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, El Dorado and Amador counties. In those five counties, UWCCR provides grade-level reading support for students struggling to read, provides support for healthy meals during the school year and in summer, and targets the financial health of the entire family by enabling people to become more financially stable. UWCCR also provides training for other nonprofits to help them help their clients with financial coaching. A grant funds special trainings through UWCCR for nonprofits to take part and become certified as financial coaches. “We increase the capacity of other nonprofit organizations to fulfill their missions. That way, much-needed assistance is spread farther,” says Bray. UWCCR asks the business community to become their workplace giving campaign partners. “Partnering with us enables companies and individual employees to assist our YOURLOCALUNITEDWAY.ORG United way SUCCESS STARTS AT SQUARE ONE mission as donors and volunteers,” concludes Bray. “It takes all of us to make change and we’re grateful for the community’s help.” PROFILE SPONSORED BY | 2017 CAPITAL REGION CARES 91